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Eugenesis (n.) The quality or condition of having strong reproductive powers; generation with full reproductive fertility between different species or races, specifically between hybrids of the first generation.
Eugenesis is a Transformers fanfic written by James Roberts. Yes, that James Roberts.It is the year 2012, and the war between the Autobots and Decepticons is at a standstill, both sides poised for a big push. But outside the plotting and schemes of the Cybertronian forces, there are others with their own dark designs for the children of Primus, as elements of the Transformers' past long since forgotten return for their revenge.One of the most well-known Transformers fan-fics out there, Eugenesis is a much darker and more cerebral view of everyone's favourite robots in disguise, and also very, very long. It's also not for the feint of heart, with some very grim and graphic sequences, but it isn't a mindless gore-fest. It... well, it might just be best to read the thing itself.It's also part of the Shared Universe produced by the group TMUK.Can be found hereIt also has a short (very short) follow-up named Telefunken which is included here for completeness' sake.
Armor-Piercing Question: When Wheeljack points out most of Sygnet's inventions are used by the 'cons to kill, Sygnet just asks him what he thinks the Autobots do with his inventions. Wheeljack just changes the subject.
Ate His Gun: Rung had posited Galvatron was likely to kill himself sooner or later. Soundwave briefly fears this is what's happened when he vanishes.
Back from the Dead: Optimus manages to bring Rodimus back from the utter brink of death with the Matrix.
Springer dies of a drug overdose, but an out-of-control temporal portal brings him back to life. And his first thought is finding the next circuit booster.
Badass: Under Soundwave's leadership, the Deceticons had actually managed to take almost all of Cybertron. Then Galvatron came back and took over.
Badass Crew: Decepticon Squad 117, which is considered more dangerous than the Mayhem Attack Squad, helped abduct Spanner to make the Space Bridge, and has been led by several Decepticons of note, such as Soundwave and Straxus.
Bad Boss: Each side's stuck with crappy leaders. Galvatron's just sitting on his throne doing things that make sense only to him, Rodimus Prime is just vacillating, and while Xenon, lord of the Quintessons is perfectly willing to kill his own people if the mood suits him, his underling Quantax is far worse.
Bad Future: From Optimus's point of view, the year 2012 is this. He has a point.
Based on a Dream: How Megatron got the idea of the Morphcore, and transformation in general. The Liege Maximo himself appeared to him in a vision and showed him the designs.
Based on a Great Big Lie: Every damn part of Cybertronian religion was made up by the Quintessons. The famous death-code everyone's afraid of? It's from an old software instruction manual's legal jargon. ("Something about intellectual copyright")
Bizarre Alien Biology: A lot of information is given on the exact nature of Cybertronian and Quintessonian biology.
Scourge and Galvatron (and by implication, Cyclonus) are much more advanced than any other Cybertronian, which makes repairing them very difficult, and techniques designed to disable don't effect them as much.
Blitzwing finds Sygnet experimenting on what's left of Scourge, and asks about him. Sygnet's response? "He's not going anywhere."
At one point, Galavtron muses on a brightly lid torture chamber, just for the sheer hell of it.
Blatant Lies: Galvatron tells a fabricated account of how he (or rather, Megatron) killed Optimus Prime, to Optimus Prime. Optimus doesn't believe him for a second.
Bittersweet Ending: Just a cut above Downer Ending. The Autobots take back Cybertron and the Great War ends for good, but a lot of people are dead, and the incredibly fascistic Star Saber gets his hooks into the Autobots and will proceed to pervert everything they ever worked for. And Unicron's still in the Matrix.
Body Horror: Part of what the Quintessons inflict on the Cybertronians they capture.
We get a description of a Cybertronian budding. It's anything but pleasant. Apparently the birther's whole mecha-biology alters itself for the sole purpose of producing the offspring, and it hurts worse than anything else. Even worse since it's happening to Soundwave.
Rodimus has a flashback to what they found "Downstairs". Body Horror doesn't begin to describe what's done to the victims. The Autobots just decide to fill the whole place with cement.
Brain in a Jar: All that's left of the Quintessons Sevax, Jolup and Ryknia at the start of the novel.
Darkest Hour: In the epilogue, Perceptor and Red Alert muse on whether the darkest has actually come yet. Red Alert weighs in with his opinion that "The darkest hour is the next one. It's always the next one."
Demoted to Extra: A lot of major characters from the comics aren't so important here, for various reasons.
He stops being a functional addict at the worst possible time, managing to overdose in the middle of a siege.
Ghost City: Lonium has nothing. And it wasn't exactly much to write home about before it got nuked into the ground. Even the motorways went around it. The only things left are massive amounts of craters and anti-Autobot graffiti. Oh, and a tear in the fabric of space and time.
Godzilla Threshold: The situation with the Quintessons is so bad that Prowl and Perceptor are perfectly willing to risk breaking time itself by sending Nightbeat back to before 1984 to revive Optimus Prime.
Go Mad from the Revelation: Wheelie's unique speech-pattern is speculated to be the result of reading Quintessonian religious texts. Ratchet apparently dismissed this as total coincidence. Given what happens later on in the story, though...
Implied to be the same reason the Liege Maximo turned out the way he did. He interfaced with the Matrix and learned the whole truth of its origins.
Historical Rap Sheet: Sygnet has operated on several famous Decepticons throughout history, and is responsible for installing the weapons of several Decepticon leaders.
Hit You So Hard Your X Will Feel It: When the Quintessons place the Matrix into a device designed to examine it, several Cybertronians across the universe either feel uneasy, or try to scream.
Hope Spot: In the epilogue, Rodimus is narrating how things have turned around, how Kup was revived by a lucky chance, that the Thunderclash that'd died was a decoy, that Metroplex was being rebuilt, that an all new brand of Nucleon had been created, one that can bring back the dead, cure the Inhib-chips and save Prowl from Coroda Gravis. It becomes increasingly obvious as this paragraph goes on that, nope, none of that was true.
Internal Retcon: General Ghyrik's last stand wasn't a one-sided ass-kicking, it was a heroic and bitter struggle for a true Quintessonian patriot. At least, that's what the rank-and-file Quintessons are told, thanks to some careful and selective editing.
Insistent Terminology: Evidently Straxus would call the Harvester Units (machines designed to collect corpses and drag them to the nearest smelting pool) Sanitation Units.
Jumped at the Call: Emyrissus eagerly accept the offer to try and assassinate Galvatron, no matter how long it took. Three years later, he's still waiting for the chance.
Killed Off for Real: Several big name characters on both sides perish during this story, including Bumblebee, Trypticon, Powerglide, Treadshot, Thunderclash, Warpath, First Aid, Pipes, Motormaster, Wideload, Grand Slam, Rad, Rapido, Beastbox, Squawktalk, Sixshot, Kup, Tracks, Omega Supreme, Prowl, Grimlock, Doubleheader, and Rewind.
Sideswipe apparently dies, but the sequel story reveals he survived.
As far as Prowl's concerned, Optimus Prime has been dead since nineteen eighty-seven. The Optimus that led the Autobots from nineteen eighty-eight 'till two-thousand and five was just a clone.
Large And In Charge: Nightbeat's observation of the original, pre-Earth Optimus Prime, large and blocky, a staple of Golden Age design. He also notes that this meant Optimus was also dreadfully fuel-inefficient by modern standards.
Last Stand: Kup, against an army of Sharkticons. He doesn't make it.
Loose Lips: Hosehead manages to tell a time-displaced Optimus Prime exactly how and when he will die.
Loss of Identity: Part of the Quintesson's plan for crushing Cybertronian rebellion.
MacGuffin: The Matrix, natch. The Quintessons want to use it to recreate their race.
Made a Slave: What the Quintessons plan to do to the entire Cybertronian race.
What Unicron did to the Quintessons, along with making them unable to reproduce.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The origin of Primus and Unicron. They're either gods, or the result of a programming mess-up and theft gone horribly wrong. Of course, the person who reveals the 'true origin' to us isn't the most trustworthy source around, but then again...
Only Mostly Dead: Rodimus just barely survives his assassination attempt. Most of his body is utterly gone, and he's out of action for the rest of the story.
Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: The re-appearance of Primus and Unicron caused the appearance of theo-scientists, who take an unnervingly detached approach to their species' origins. However, even they don't understand how the Matrix works. And everyone refuses to use their built-in kill-switches.
Religion of Evil: The Quintessons have a form of religion, which is just as twisted and creepy as they are.
Remember the New Guy: Among the famous Decepticon leaders of years past is Scarab, whom we've never heard of before.
The Reveal: The Quintessons were enslaved by Unicron and turned into warriors. They can't help being violent sadists, their very essence was warped by It.
Cybertron used to be Quintyxia, the Quintesson's homeworld. The Matrix reformatted the place, and the Quintessons improved on it. And in order to keep the early Cybertronian workers in line, they made up Primus.
Unicron meanwhile, used to be Quiniad, the Quintesson's first colony world, and the result of a virus turned sentient and completely deluded.
Riddle for the Ages: Apparently there were prototype Arks, which went missing. Nightbeat and Optimus Prime used to spend long hours pondering what'd happened to them.
Robot Religion: Cybertron used to have one, but with the war and the return of Unicron their religion has splintered and fractured and schismed repeatedly.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Sixshot was badly scarred by the last Quintesson invasion. So much so that he refuses to fight the current one. It gets him killed by Shockwave.
Shoot the Dog: Soundwave realises Rev-Tone has a tracer implanted in him, and puts him out of his mercy. He nearly gets killed by the Autobots. Either way, it's too late to stop the Quintessons finding them.
War Is Hell: And don't you forget it. Lots of tropes typical of Transformers fiction get subverted or cruelly denied, and there's a lot of messy deaths, and a mention that Cybertron used to be a thriving culture, which is completely gone.
We Have Reserves: As long as one Decepticon dies, Xenon is perfectly willing to lose half his air force in the attempt.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Quintessons see themselves as this, seeing as they're restoring Cybertron's grandeur and solving its historical energy crisis. They really, really, really aren't.
Except Xenon, who really does want to end the Quintesson's war-like ways.
Disproportionate Retribution: The Unnamed Autobot notices the turrets of Iacon face inward. Star Saber's reaction? Declare him an anarchist.
Doing In the Wizard: What Autobot High Command and its theoscientists and timeliners are doing, along with everyone else, so that the "One True Origin" of the Cybertronian race is basically derided.
Fake Memories: The Neogens were given these as a survival mechanism. Apparently one of them was given every fake memory possible. The Unnamed Autobot can't remember what it was. Kip, or Kap, he thinks.
Newborns have these as well. The Autobots have improved on Prime Nova's old ideas. The new Neogens have brilliantly crafted false pasts of incredible depth and complexity. Such Neogens as Tarantulus.
It's All About Me: The least of Star Saber's problems. Even when the other Autobots are worried about a possible resurgence of Unicron, Star Saber is annoyed they're putting their faith in prophecy, rather than him.
Oh, Crap: The final line mentions that, thanks to Unicron influencing the Matrix, the Matrix Flame is burning black.